Hat making workshop previews upcoming musical

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Staff Report

Playhouse in the Park celebrates Black History Month with the off-Broadway musical, “Crowns.”
“Crowns” will take place Feb. 3 through 12. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 7 p.m. and Sunday performances will begin at 2:30 p.m.
The musical is presented by Calloway County Public Library, Murray State Women’s Center and the Murray Art Guild.
“Crowns” was written by Regina?Taylor and adapted from the book “Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats” by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry.
It is the story of six young African-American women and the hats they wear to church and what they struggled through to do just that.
The Murray-Calloway County Public Library will be hosting a hat making session Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in conjunction with the musical.
The workshop is free to attend but has a limited number of seats available. Registration for the event ended Wednesday.
During the workshop attendees will be able to design a hat in any way they choose.
The hats being made will be used in the actual performances of the musical or they will be on display at Playhouse in the Park for the duration of the musical. The hats will be used in several occasions throughout the production from flirting to funerals.
After the last performance, the hatmakers will be able to keep the hats they made.